Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ART by LAND and SEA: Workshop with Caitlin McGuire

If you haven't heard about our ART ON THE GO! Workshops, here's a little reminder that they are amazing!  There are still two to come and there is still space in both so register today. All the information on how the workshops run is HERE AT THIS LINK

The next one coming up is on Saturday, July 15th. It's being taught by our very own Caitlin McGuire whom many of you have met working at the gallery. Caitlin is a teacher when she's not working here or painting. Below is a photo of the latest LARGE painting of the Halifax Central Library still in the works. Caitlin loves colour and teaching colour theory. It all comes down to colour and shapes, which is what she's going to help you see as you take the ferry across the sea  and walk along the majestic Dartmouth waterfront.


Caitlin has years of experience leading classes and workshops. You don't need any previous art background to join in these workshops either- the main objective is to have fun and to get people open to the idea of starting to create. You also get to take the kit and supplies home,which you can continue to use after the workshop is over, to keep the art making going all year long. You'll be doing some sketching and painting with acrylics.

To recap: All supplies and teaching included in the price of just $50. Cigar boxes filled with the supplies have been provided by Sieverts  Limited and some supplies by DeSerres.  Oh, that price includes the FERRY ticket to and from Halifax as well! Meet at the gallery between 12:45-1pm. We'll be leaving the gallery for the ferry terminal at 1pm. Workshop runs until 3:30pm and at 4pm you all can take the ferry back to Halifax or stay on the "darkside". :-)  If it rains, the workshop will still go on- don't let a bit of water scare you.

AHOY!  Jump aboard for ART TO GO! Give us a call to book your spot! Bring a friend!
Artist Self Portrait

Friday, June 23, 2017

TONIGHT! Opening for Melissa Townsend & Abigail Lower

Greetings everyone! We've been pretty silent here on the blog, as we have been busy prepping for the shows that are finally opening tonight for Melissa Townsend and Abigail Lower! Make sure to drop by soon to see the shows together or join us for the opening reception tonight, June 23rd 7pm-9pm.

You can also see BOTH shows online from our 
NOW SHOWING link on this very blogsite!  Works are selling fast!

Happy Friday everyone, and congratulations to Melissa and Abigail on another wonderful grouping of works. Wow. You are making a lot of people so very happy with your art.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

SOS: Sky- Ocean- Sand Group Show Off to a great start!

Thanks to all of the participating artists and visitors that attended the opening reception of SOS- a group show to celebrate the beginning of a more summery season on such a beautiful day! The art and punch was delicious and on theme for a sunny day in June!

In case you weren't able to get here today or live at a distance, we've put the full show online  HERE  Make sure to drop by in person  soon as the show is here only until June 21st! 

The show is filled with playful paintings, sculpture and photographs-here are just a few examples below. Hope to see you soon! Great art awaits and will transport you to the beach any day of the week, rain or shine.

Jellyfish, by Kim Danio...made from a repurposed shoe!
At the Beach, Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 48", Deb Bromley

Mr. Crabs, 4" x 5", Graphite mounted on cradle board by Quinlan Smith

Grand Pre Sky, Oil on Board, 11" x 14", Gordon MacDonald

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summertime just got better with ART ON THE GO and Craig Baltzer

It's time to start making plans for some new experiences in our warmer months ahead with Argyle Fine Art! This year, we want to challenge you to learn something new....try art making with one of our gallery artists in the great outdoors! What you find out about yourself may be surprising, and even if you don't think your talented  you are sure to have fun along the way.You don't need to bring anything except yourself and an open mind...we'll take care of the rest! 


We'd like to introduce you to the first ART ON THE GO instructor, artist Craig Baltzer. Many people have come to know him for his mad crosshatching drawing skills combined with his love of painting and architecture. You may have even met him working on his art at our gallery during special afternoons at the gallery. He loves to share his process and to engage all people in celebrating the city we live in, through his art.

Craig's background as an artist began mostly as a photographer, but drawing and painting have been part of his life since he can remember. When Craig draws and paints buildings, it's almost as though he is painting their portraits. The buildings have a story to tell. How our city is changing is of great interest to Craig as well. Such as our new Central Library, which has become a positive story of development; winning architecture awards and more importantly becoming a great community space for people to gather, to learn, experience and relax.
Central Library, 8" x 10", Ink and Watercolour
If you haven't noticed, Halifax is under heavy construction at the moment, and the architectural landscape is changing almost before our very eyes. Craig reminds us to be mindful of what we are creating and not to forget what makes Halifax a great place to live and grow. Great spaces for people to gather are important, as any progressive urban planner would agree. Craig documents the changes of past, present and future, through his artwork.

With Craig's workshop on June 14th, you'll take a short walking tour around downtown Halifax, learn a bit of history about the city and do some sketching with a focus on the old and new architecture that will surround you on your journey. No previous experience is needed. It's also on a Wednesday evening after work, so start your evening off right. Snacks will be provided! Also METRO PARK vouchers will be provided to all that require one for parking nearby.

We're very proud of Craig's most recent art endeavor this past Saturday, as he was asked to be the feature artist  of Africvilles's 50th Anniversary of the Final service of the original Seaview Baptist Church. Here are just a few snaps from the afternoon.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Art Adventures with Andy MacDonald

It's June! No, it's really June! We know it's hard to believe with the current weather, but summer is just around the corner! While you sit back and start planning your summer adventures we are happy to bring you the bright colourful works of artist Andy MacDonald, that we think will put you in the summer mood.

This little camper is the perfect precursor to summer adventures. The patterning on the curtains signals nostalgia of many cross country family trips.

Andrew MacDonald, Camper, 4"x5", Acrylic on Board

If you're sticking closer to home it doesn't mean you can't have an adventure in your own neighbourhood, Andy has a knack for infusing new life and perspective into Halifax houses.

Andy MacDonald, House on Agricola x3, 20"x24", Acrylic on Board

Andy's work is both sentimental and refreshing, creating new context for every day scenes and objects. His sense of series and repetition comes from his background as a printmaker.

Andy MacDonald, Impala Sunrise, 24"x36", Acrylic on Board

Much of what Andy paints is what he's captivated by while out and about. Originally from Glace Bay, Cape Breton his work has included company houses, along with Halifax architecture, vintage vehicles and retro appliances, like these small radio works.

Andy MacDonald, Transmission, 4"x5", Acrylic on Board

Andy MacDonald, Radio Cure, 4"x5", Acrylic on Board

There is a sense of fun in Andy's work that is contagious when you spend time around it, much like Andy himself. We still a few 8"x10" prints of the piece below, Poverty Line, left if you need to infuse a little fun into your space.

Andy MacDonald, Poverty Lines, 36"x36", Acrylic on Board

Andy is also industrious and has worked on many different surfaces, from painting hockey players on an old picket fence, houses on skateboards to vintage trucks on an old cupboard door:

Andy MacDonald, Six Black Trucks, 42.5"x21.75", Acrylic and Glow in the Dark Paint on Board

You can see more of Andy's work online here, or currently in our window and up at the gallery. Happy June!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

SALT WATER: New work by Katharine Burns, Opens Fri May 26th

We are so excited for tomorrow night's opening, SALT WATER, new work by artist Katharine Burns. The opening reception is from 7-9PM, Friday, May 26th and all are welcome.

Katharine Burns, Out of Sight, 22"x28", Oil on Canvas Framed

A talented emerging artist, Burns talks about the show in her own words:

“In my new work, my focus has shifted away from shorelines and skies and towards the water itself.  The ocean can be very powerful at one moment yet quietly calming at another.  I have been exploring the different ways water can convey a sense of atmosphere on its own through the use of light, reflections and colour.  While painting this body of work I felt immersed in the subject matter and I want that feeling of immersion in the ocean to come through to the viewer.”

Katharine Burns, Wave Study 4, 11"x14", Oil on Canvas Framed

The show will be available for viewing online when it opens tomorrow evening. We recommend coming tomorrow to see them in person, we have a feeling they won't be around for very long.

A couple new works by artist Luke Naylor also arrived this week at the gallery.

Luke Naylor, Tender, 30"x40", Oil om on Canvas

Both pieces beckon warmer weather and days by the water.

Luke Naylor, Race Day, 11"x14", Oil on Canvas

See you by the Atlantic!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Long Weekend Running & Relaxation

It's time for the long weekend, and we hope you get to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Unless you're running in the Bluenose Marathon, then don't slow down just yet, you've got this!  Are you ready?!!

Congratulations to everyone who's running this weekend on all your hard work. My only advice as a non runner is to drink lots of water and stay hydrated.

If you can't make it out of the city maybe these pieces by Danny Abriel will transport you to the lake. His calm serene scenes are almost like looking out the window during a tranquil day by the water.

Danny Abriel, Fellowship at the Pond, 18"x24", Acrylic on Canvas

Or how about a walk through one of our local parks, like Point Pleasant, as a temporary escape?

Danny Abriel, Friendship at Point Pleasant Park, 18"x36", Acrylic on Canvas

If you do make it out to the cottage we have some new prints in by Briana Corr Scott that would be perfect for the calm vibe you're cultivating. Both are reproductions of her original watercolour works.

Briana Corr Scott, Sea Shore Study 1, 11"x4", Watercolour Reproduction Print

Briana Corr Scott, Sea Shore Study 2, 11"x14", Watercolour Reproduction Print
And if you choose to just hang around home and do some gardening, watch out for this season's bees...we've got lots of them at the gallery right now!

New watercolours by Michelle SaintOnge remind us to take care of those animals and insects that need our help! This is "Plumpy" the bee
Hand Embroidered Bee Necklace by Yoko White

Wherever the long weekend takes you we hope it's sunny!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Works by Wayne Leal

Painter Wayne Leal's work always has more going on than first meets the eye. At first glance you're drawn in by Leal's bright colours and familiar characters. The story and your own interpretation of the narrative goes deeper the more time you spend with the work.

Narrative painting is an art form that communicates or illustrates a story. It has deep roots in the discourse of art history, a well known example being Greek vases that date back to 6th century BCE depicting both myths and real events. Leal's work often references real life events while incorporating politics, philosophy, pop culture and a multitude of other references.

Wayne Leal, Eastwood: On the Rocks, 16"x20, Acrylic on Canvas

Both of Leal's recent pieces are from his Eastworld series and the artist is featured as a figure in each of the narratives, but we'll leave it to you find him. His piece, Eastworld: The Hardening Heart of Humanity may be of particular relevance right now with it's pied piper figure, expressing not just the political climate of the United States but of the world.

Wayne Leal, Eastworld: The Hardening Heart of Humanity, 16"x20", Acrylic on Canvas

These pieces are much more vibrant in person and are works you need to sit with to really engage. We have them up at the gallery right now and welcome you to come spend some time with them, and other pieces by Leal that are sure to captivate your imagination. See more of his pieces online HERE.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Open City & Mother's Day featuring Angela Doak

This Saturday, May 13th, is I Love Local's Open City here in Halifax! There's so much to do around Halifax, check out some of the fun here. Here at the gallery we're going to have artist Michelle St Onge, who's show "Ancestra Obscura" is currently on display, doing some live painting; we'll have the lovely folks from The Halifax Honey Company here doing tastings of their infused honeys; and we'll have Hope for Wildlife on site with Norman the kestrel. You'll definitely have to come out and be part of the fun!

Norman the Kestrel via Hope For Wildlife

When artist Angela Doak found out about Norman's visit she was inspired to create a kestrel collage. She kindly shared some of her process shots with us.

It's particularly fitting that Mother's Day falls the day after Norman's visit, as Doak began her collage work when her children were young, as an artform that was sustainable with young kids but also something she could involve them in. Doak also has an animal alphabet book coming out soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it!

Kestrel collage by Angela Doak

So get downtown for Open City and join us here at the gallery to meet Norman, Michelle, taste some honey and see some artwork that is the bees knees!

Friday, May 5, 2017

TONIGHT! Opening Reception for Michelle SaintOnge!

Happy Friday!  We've got a new show opening tonight for Michelle SaintOnge! You can now see it online HERE but we'd love to have you drop by tonight from 7pm-9pm and experience it in person- the best way to enjoy original art!
If you aren't able to drop by this evening, no worries as the show will continue until May 24. Michelle will also be here on Saturday, May 13th for OPEN CITY!

Here are a just a few sneak peeks!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

MAY you be looking for fun? Here's our May at a Glance Calendar!

The month of May has just begun, but gosh it's going to be a great one! We can just feel it in the air, which is starting to warm up day by day. This is a great time of year to bring an original work of art into your home and we have some artfully fun ways to get involved with art.  Whether you want to learn about a new technique, meet an artist, apply the art to real life needs and situations and give back to a cause and more we've got it!

But enough rambling...here's the highlights for May at our little gallery. We hope you'll take in a few of the events and bring friends, family or even your dog to see art! (yes, we are pet friendly) .Art is made to be enjoyed by everyone, so spread it around!

For starters, MAY THE 4th DAY is fast approaching, and we'll have new Star Wars stickers by Jodie Hansen ready for the buying along with some other new cards for the occasion. Treat yourself and may the force be with you!

Beginning this Friday, May 5th 7pm-9pm, drop by to celebrate the latest watercolours by Michelle SaintOnge. The show continues until May 24th, so drop by anytime or visit the show online on our blog under the NOW SHOWING tab, once the show opens officially. There will be some extra special treats at the opening, as it's also Cinco de Mayo day.

On Saturday, May 6th,  it's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, and in celebration we are very lucky to host artist Sharon Cave at the gallery from 2-4pm that day. Although Sharon isn't a comic book artist per say, she certainly creates lot of whimsical characters with her pastel drawings and paintings! So we've asked her to begin a drawing of an unlikely hero, "SUPER CHICKEN" this Saturday.

Throughout the day we invite all visitors to the gallery to pick up a pastel and add something to the original drawing. It will be exciting to see what the final work ends up looking like!

 Sharon will be working on some other drawings throughout the day too, so drop by and meet an artist, make some art and learn a little bit about pastels you may not know. BOK BOK BOK!

Art comes in many forms, and we happily support it all, including a wonderful upcoming play by our neighbours, NEPTUNE THEATRE. Check out the great promo video for the production and a synopsis of the play HERE.

We're happy to be providing extra special treats to their Playscape subscribers in the form of this extra buttery postcard (shown below) by local artist Kim Floyd that will lead them to our gallery to find yet another artful surprise awaiting them!  YAY for collaborations and check out this amazing subscriber package with lots of perks and sneak peeks!  Put this play on your calendar, it sounds like fun-we'll see you there!
This painting has long gone, but we still have some postcards for sale if you are interested, $3
Each Spring and Fall, downtown Halifax and Dartmouth small business owners band together to bring you the ultimate in downtown shopping experiences with I love Local OPEN CITY, on Saturday, May 13th. We stress the experience factor here at the gallery.  We'll be hosting a whole slew of events!  To find out the latest information, make sure check in with our Facebook event page HERE

We'll  be a place to BEE! Beginning at 2pm until 4pm, meet local artist Michelle SaintOnge and see her at work, alongside her most recent body of watercolours in her show Ancestra Obscura; going. gone. And don't miss the delicious TASTE TESTINGS by Halifax Honey Company in the gallery from 2pm-3:30pm. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! 

 At 3:30pm-4:30pm, drop by to meet a real life bird from HOPE FOR WILDLIFE! Pick up a BEE BUTTON for just $2 and all the money will go to HOPE FOR WILDLIFE. Buttons made by White Elephant Buttons and artwork provided by Michelle SaintOnge.

**ALL DAY LONG: Pick up a beeautiful card for Mother's Day, Enter to WIN a limited edition print by a local artist &enjoy the latest works by local artists! This day is also a national GALLERY HOP happening throughout Canada which we are part of promoted by the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC). 


Who says Mondays can't be awesome?!!  We are proud supporters of this great event happening where you can "buy" art without money! Yes- all you need to do is volunteer in the community throughout the year.  The event is called TIMERAISER and it's happening on Monday, May 15th. Find out all the details online at their website or follow them over on Twitter.  Tickets are just $10. We'll be there volunteering and some of our artist's artwork will be up for grabs too. Also excited to announce there will be delicious food and beverages provided by our friends over at Tidehouse Brewing and Garrison Brewing. 
 Are you still reading?  Impressive!   Ok...just a few more dates to tell you about....hang tight!

On Friday, May 26th from 7pm-9pm, we'll be once again hosting an opening reception and party for two new bodies of work by emerging artists Katharine Burns and Luke Naylor. Below is just one example of a work by Katharine Burns. See more about these shows over on our UPCOMING PAGE on this blog. These shows will be up during Oceans Week in Halifax, and the theme of both shows is well suited as they both have to do with the sea.

And finally, we are also happy to host a BOOK LAUNCH for a young writer Melanie Mosher and partnering with Nimbus Publishing on Saturday, May 27th, 3pm. All welcomed! This book is about a fifteen year old protagonist with a love of art!  Find out more HERE

PHEW!   It's going to be a busy month!  Please drop by for visual art, a play, a bookreading and more! Call us with any questions you may have about any of the above. We'd love to hear from you and tell you more!